Wednesday, 15 January 2014

So I Read Ghost: In The Smoke and Din

A 250 word (or less) review of the first Ghost collection
By Kelly Sue DeConnick, Phil Noto, and Lee Loughridge; Dark Horse Books

Ghost: In The Smoke and Din is a modern re-imagining of a very 90s gun-toting ghost superhero. It is also written by Kelly Sue DeConnick who is reliably one of my favourite mainstream comics writers. So despite the comic being, at least on the premise level, something I could live without, I trusted to talented creators and gave it a try. Ghost: In The Smoke and Din, begins with the stars of Phantom Finders, a paranormal investigation reality TV show, Vaughn Barnes, a disgraced jorunalist, and Tommy Byers, a bro-y believer, as they test a stolen device and discover a real live (dead?) Ghost. A Ghost with no memory of who she is and a burning desire to solve her own murder. A quest that will uncover a larger conspiracy of corruption and murder and supernatural horror. It's a pretty good superhero comic. I mean, from a plot perspective it is a bit straightforward and the art, while very nice, is not experimental enough to really sell the book as an art comic. That said, the character work in Ghost: In The Smoke and Din is fantastic: DeConnick's dialogue in this book sizzles and pops and, when paired with Noto's excellent facial acting chops, really brings the characters to life. It's this facet of the book that elevates Ghost and makes it more than a by-the-numbers superhero comic and worth the price of admission. If you are looking for some Superheroic action with some remarkably excellent dialogue, I recommend Ghost.

Word count: 250

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